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What you might not already know about the play-offs

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TUESDAY

Qarabağ v København (18:00CET)
København coach Ståle Solbakken scored twice in a 5-0 win when Norway hosted Azerbaijan in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier, while Qarabağ counterpart Gurban Gurbanov came on as a second-half substitute. Both men started the return match, a 1-0 victory for Norway in Baku.

Sporting CP v FCSB
Romanian László Bölöni, a member of Steaua’s 1986 European Cup-winning team, coached Sporting to their most recent league title triumph, in 2001/02. The Lions also landed the Portuguese Cup and domestic Super Cup during his two-season tenure.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>English clubs' perfect play-off round record

English clubs’ perfect play-off round record

Hoffenheim v Liverpool
Jürgen Klopp faced Hoffenheim 16 times as a manager during his career in Germany. His record was D1 L1 with Mainz, and W5 D5 L4 with Borussia Dortmund.

Young Boys v CSKA Moskva
This is Young Boys’ fifth UEFA Champions League campaign and third play-off – they have never reached the group stage. CSKA, on the other hand, have a 100% record in this final stage of UEFA Champions League qualifying, prevailing in 2004/05, 2006/07 and 2015/16.

APOEL v Slavia Praha
Slavia have not won away in Europe since a 1-0 triumph at Ajax in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on 15 August 2007 – a sequence of 17 games (D8 L9), and exactly ten years to the day on the day of this fixture.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>Sevilla, Napoli and Sporting’s play-off round hoodoo

Sevilla, Napoli and Sporting’s play-off round hoodoo

WEDNESDAY

Napoli v Nice
Mario Balotelli has met Napoli six times in his career (D1 L5). He scored against the Vesuviani for Manchester City during the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage and for Milan in a 2-1 home loss in September 2013. Pepe Reina saved a Balotelli penalty in that 2013 match. The forward was then sent off after the final whistle.

İstanbul Başakşehir v Sevilla
Istanbul Başakşehir’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Gaël Clichy played in a 3-0 win for Arsenal against Sevilla in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva v Maribor
Maribor midfielder Marwan Kabha is the third Israeli to play for Maribor after predecessors Sintayehu Sallalich and Dudu Biton.

<!–[if IE 9]><![endif]–>Celtic and Astana met last season

Celtic and Astana met last season©Getty Images

Celtic v Astana
Celtic prevailed when these sides met in last season’s third qualifying round. A 1-1 draw in Kazakhstan was followed by a 2-1 success for the Scottish club in Glasgow; Leigh Griffiths scored in both games, with Moussa Dembélé’s 90th-minute penalty in the second leg proving decisive. Yuri Logvinenko registered Astana’s first-leg goal.

Olympiacos v Rijeka
This is Rijeka’s fifth consecutive season in Europe, with their most successful campaigns in that run coming in 2013/14 and 2014/15, when they contested the UEFA Europa League group stage. Olympiacos are aiming to reach the group stage for an 18th time.

Kick-offs 20:45CET unless stated

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